Author: Gary McKenzie

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Troll off

Social media has been here for a while and it is not going away. I love it, mostly. There are bad jokes and old music clips as well as memories of sporting legends which...

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The right side of the road?

Magna Grecia won the 2000 Guineas. He was, probably, the best horse on the day but some will question the result due to two of the first three finishers running on one side of...

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Ruby was a real diamond

Rupert “Ruby” Walsh, one of, the best  jockeys of the last twenty years, jumped off Kemboy after riding him to victory in the Punchestown Gold Cup and announced his immediate retirement from race riding....

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Twice in a lifetime

I was only a kid when Red Rum won back to back Grand Nationals. And over the years horses as good as West Tip, Corbiere, and Hedgehunter have tried, and failed, to double up....

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Justice prevails

It does take me a while to completely clear my head of Cheltenham matters and were it not for the Grand National meeting, I could still be thinking about Prestbury Park well into May....

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If at first you don’t succeed…

I wonder if Willie Mullins will be playing the Etta James classic “At Last” this weekend? The legendary trainer had saddled six runners up in the Gold Cup before yesterday and, with three of...

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The gospel according to Paul

It is a decade since the likes of Denman and Kauto Star were winning Gold Cups for Paul Nicholls. And while he has still been winning plenty of races, he has possibly been short of a...

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A special one

He was a horse who ran in the Queen Mother Champion Chase five times, coming third twice, and, on a special day in 2017, winning the big one his talent so richly deserved. Special...